121+ Best Data Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Data is information, especially facts or numbers, collected to be examined and considered and used to help decision-making, or information in an electronic form that can be stored and used by a computer. Profoundly inspirational data quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Data Quotes

If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing. — W. Edward Deming

Big data will spell the death of customer segmentation and force the marketer to understand each customer as an individual within  months or risk being left in the dust.

Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom. — Clifford Stoll

Data is the new oil. — Clive Humby

Every company has big data in its future and every company will eventually be in the data business. — By Thomas H. Davenport

In God we trust, all others bring data. — W Edwards Deming

The Crystal Wind is the storm, and the storm is data, and the data is life. You have been slaves, denied the storm, denied the freedom of your data. That is now ended; the whirlwind is upon you . . . . . . Whether you like it or not. — Daniel Keys Moran, The Long Run: A Tale of the Continuing Time

I’m sure, the highest capacity of storage device, will not enough to record all our stories; because, everytime with you is very valuable data — Aditia Rinaldi

Scientists do not collect data randomly and utterly comprehensively. The data they collect are only those that they consider *relevant* to some hypothesis or theory. — David Lewis—Williams, The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art

Every second of every day, our senses bring in way too much data than we can possibly process in our brains. — Peter Diamandis, Chairman/CEO, X—Prize Foundation.

Information is the oil of the st century, and analytics is the combustion engine. — Peter Sondergaard

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. — Aldous Huxley

The world is now awash in data and we can see consumers in a lot clearer ways. — By Max Levchin, Co—founder of PayPal

I’m a bit of a freak for evidence—based analysis. I strongly believe in data. Gus O’Donnell, a former British senior civil servant, economist, and Cabinet Secretary, the highest official in the British Civil Service.

The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight. — Carly Fiorina, former executive, president, and chair of Hewlett—Packard Co.

I keep saying that the sexy job in the next  years will be statisticians, and I’m not kidding. — Hal Varian, chief economist at Google

Listening to the data is important… but so is experience and intuition. After all, what is intuition at its best but large amounts of data of all kinds filtered through a human brain rather than a math model? —Steve Lohr

Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all. — Charles Babbage, mathematician, philosopher, inventor, and engineer

A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus. — Thomas Carlyle, Scottish Writer

What we have is a data glut. — By Vernon Vinge, American Author

Once we know something, we find it hard to imagine what it was like not to know it. Chip & Dan Heath, Authors of Made to Stick, Switch

If the statistics are boring, you’ve got the wrong numbers. — Edward Tufte

I have observed that the selection of food is often influenced by the mood of the person ordering. — Lieutenant Commander Data

If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine. — Jim Barksdale

Theories come and go, but fundamental data always remain the same. — By Mary Leakey, Anthropologist

Data is the new science. Big data holds the answers. — Pat Gelsinger, EMC

The world is one big data problem. — by Andrew McAfee, co—director of the MIT Initiative

Anything that is measured and watched improves. — Bob Parsons

Data! Data! Data! he cried impatientlyI can’t make bricks without clay! — Sherlock Holmes,The Adventure in the Copper Beaches

Thanks to big data, machines can now be programmed to the next thing right. But only humans can do the next right thing. — By Dov Seidman, American Author, Attorney, Columnist, and Businessman

The data fabric is the next middleware—Todd Papaioannou

Things get done only if the data we gather can inform and inspire those in a position to make [a] difference. — Mike Schmoker, former school administrator, English teacher and football coach, author.

Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. — Aaron Levenstein, Business Professor at Baruch College

Data are becoming the new raw material of business. — Craig Mundie

We should teach the students, as well as executives, how to conduct experiments, how to examine data, and how to use these tools to make better decisions. — By Dan Ariely, Researcher

There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. — Mark Twain

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable. — Mark Twain

Big data is at the foundation of all of the megatrends that are happening today, from social to mobile to the cloud to gaming. — Chris Lynch

It’s easy to lie with statistics. It’s hard to tell the truth without statistics. — Andrejs Dunkels

The brain, he writes, is like Kublai Khan, the great Mongol emperor of the thirteenth century. It sits enthroned in its skull, encased in darkness and silence, at a lofty remove from brute reality. Messengers stream in from every corner of the sensory kingdom, bringing word of distant sights, sounds, and smells. Their reports arrive at different rates, often long out of date, yet the details are all stitched together into a seamless chronology. The difference is that Kublai Khan was piecing together the past. The brain is describing the present processing reams of disjointed data on the fly, editing everything down to an instantaneous now. How does it manage it? — Burkhard Bilger

We also use our imagination and take shortcuts to fill gaps in patterns of nonvisual data. As with visual input, we draw conclusions and make judgments based on uncertain and incomplete information, and we conclude, when we are done analyzing the patterns, that out picture is clear and accurate. But is it? — Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

The value of an idea lies in the using of it. — Thomas A. Edison, American Inventor

Now I existed solely thanks to the quantum paradox, my brain a collection of qubits in quantum superposition, encoding truths and memories, imagination and irrationality in opposing, contradictory states that existed and didn’t exist, all at the same time. — Robin Wasserman, Crashed

The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the bane of our profession. — Sherlock Holmes, fictional detective

Big data is at the foundation of all the megatrends that are happening. — By Chris Lynch, American Writer of Books

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. — Albert Einstein, Physicist

True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information. — Winston Churchill

Data scientists are involved with gathering data, massaging it into a tractable form, making it tell its story, and presenting that story to others. — By Mike Loukides, Vice President of O’Reilly Media

Don’t be buffaloed by experts and elites. Experts often possess more data than judgment. Elites can become so inbred that they produce haemophiliacs who bleed to death as soon as they are nicked by the real world. — Colin Powell

Hiding within those mounds of data is knowledge that could change the life of a patient, or change the world. — Atul Butte, Stanford

Data are just summaries of thousands of stories — tell a few of those stories to help make the data meaningful. — Chip & Dan Heath

The most valuable commodity I know of is information. — Gordon Gekko, Wall Street

Data matures like wine, applications like fish. — James Governor

Above all else, show the data. — Edward R. Tufte

Contact data ages like fish not wine…it gets worse as it gets older, not better. — Gregg Thaler

Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data. — John Naisbitt

What gets measured (and clearly defined) does get done. — Mike Schmoker

It is very sad that nowadays there is so little useless information. — Oscar Wilde

Data that is loved tends to survive. — Kurt Bollacker, Data Scientist, Freebase/Infochimps

Where there is data smoke, there is business fire. — Thomas Redman

Statistics are no substitute for judgment. — Henry Clay

Consumer data will be the biggest differentiator in the next two to three years. Whoever unlocks the reams of data and uses it strategically will win. — By Angela Ahrendts

The government are very keen on amassing statistics. They collect them, add them, raise them to the nth power, take the cube root and prepare wonderful diagrams. But you must never forget that every one of these figures comes in the first instance from the village watchman, who just puts down what he damn pleases. — Josiah Stamp

No great marketing decisions have ever been made on qualitative data. — John Sculley

Information is not knowledge. — Albert Einstein

Everybody has certain red flags they want to keep an eye on, and big data tools enable you to do that in fairly close to real time. — By Brian Loughman, Leads the Financial Reporting Investigations Team

This is the time to be super aggressive — Chris Lynch

The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value. — Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher

We chose it because we deal with huge amounts of data. Besides, it sounds really cool. — Larry Page, founder of Google

Data beats emotions. — Sean Rad, founder of Ad.ly

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied. — Arnold Glasow, American Businessman

Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a firehose. — Mitchell Kapor

He who would search the pearls must dive below — John Dryden

The more data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist — Marshall McLuhan

Hiding within those mounds of data is the knowledge that could change the life of a patient, or change the world. — By Atul Butte

If you torture the data long enough, it will confess. — Ronald Coase, Economist

With data collection, ‘the sooner the better’ is always the best answer. — Marissa Mayer

The world is one big data problem. — Andrew McAfee

There were  exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through , but that much information is now created every  days. — By Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google

Without a systematic way to start and keep data clean, bad data will happen. — Donato Diorio

We are drowning in information and starving for knowledge. — Rutherford D. Rogers

Big data isn’t about bits, it’s about talent. — Douglas Merrill

Information wants to be free. — Stewart Brand

You know something is wrong when the government declares opening someone else’s mail is a felony but your internet activity is fair game for data collecting. — E.A. Bucchianeri

Data that sit unused are no different from data that were never collected in the first place. — By Doug Fisher

With too little data, you won’t be able to make any conclusions that you trust. With loads of data you will find relationships that aren’t real… Big data isn’t about bits, it’s about talent — Douglas Merrill

Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a voice. — Stephen Few

Data, I think, is one of the most powerful mechanisms for telling stories. I take a huge pile of data and I try to get it to tell stories. — By Steven Levitt, Co—author of Freakonomics

You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment. — Alvin Toffler

The only real valuable thing is intuition. — Albert Einstein

Data really powers everything that we do. — Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn

Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves. — Tim Berners—Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web.

Without big data, you are blind and deaf and in the middle of a freeway. — Geoffrey Moore

Learning from data is virtually universally useful. Master it and you will be welcomed anywhere. — John Elder, Elder Research

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. — Albert Einstein, Physicist

One person’s data is another person’s noise. — K.C. Cole

I never guess. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Author of Sherlock Holmes stories

You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data. — Daniel Keys Moran

The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see. — John Tukey, American Mathematician

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding. — Marshall McLuhan, Canadian Communications Professor

An intelligent person is never afraid or ashamed to find errors in his understanding of things. — Bryant H. McGill

Things get done only if the data we gather can inform and inspire those in a position to make difference. — Mike Schmoker, Results

An approximate answer to the right problem is worth a good deal more than an exact answer to an approximate problem. — John Tukey

Never confuse motion with action. — Benjamin Franklin, American Politician/Inventor

Too often we forget that genius, too, depends upon the data within its reach, that even Archimedes could not have devised Edison’s inventions. — Ernest Dimnet

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. — Gertrude Stein

He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts — for support rather than for illumination. Andrew Lang, Scottish Writer

When we have all data online it will be great for humanity. It is a prerequisite to solving many problems that humankind faces. — Robert Cailliau, Belgian informatics engineer and computer scientist who, together with Tim Berners—Lee, developed the World Wide Web.

The price of light is less than the cost of darkness. — Arthur C. Nielsen, Market Researcher & Founder of ACNielsen

Everything is going to be connected to cloud and data… All of this will be mediated by software. — By Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

Every day, three times per second, we produce the equivalent of the amount of data that the Library of Congress has in its entire print collection, right? But most of it is like cat videos on YouTube or —year—olds exchanging text messages about the next Twilight movie. — Nate Silver

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. — Sherlock Holmes

To call in the statistician after the experiment is done may be no more than than asking him to perform a post—mortem examination: he may be able to say what the experiment died of. — Ronald Fisher

What gets measured gets managed — Peter Drucker

Data are just summaries of thousands of stories. — By Chip & Dan Heath, Authors

We simply don’t have enough data to form a conclusion — Mike A. Lancaster, Human.

Torture the data, and it will confess to anything. — Ronald Coase

War is ninety percent information. — Napoleon Bonaparte, French Military and Political Leader

Maybe stories are just data with a soul. — Brené Brown

We are moving slowly into an era where Big Data is the starting point, not the end. — By Pearl Zhu, Digital Master

Data is the new oil? No: Data is the new soil. — David McCandless

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